Yahoo to launch open source program

Yahoo Inc. said Monday it will launch an open source program aimed at advancing research and development of systems software for distributed computing.

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) said the program is intended to leverage its leadership in Hadoop, an open source distributed computing sub-project of the Apache Software Foundation, to enable researchers to modify and evaluate the systems software running on a 4,000 processor supercomputer provided by Yahoo.

"Unlike other companies and traditional supercomputing centers, which focus on providing users with computers for running applications and for coursework, Yahoo's program focuses on pushing the boundaries of large-scale systems software research," the company said.